Dear PRCA members and supporters, 

Our hearts go out to folks everywhere who have been directly affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic and are struggling in the wake of uncertainty, instability, and loss, and we write today in recognition of the particular hardships our artists and art organizations are facing.

On March 16th, the Governor and the MN Department of Health recommended that all non-essential retail operations suspend business until after March 27. Keeping our volunteers’ and the public’s health in mind, the PRCA Board’s Executive Committee promptly decided to close Prairie Art & Gifts in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the virus in our own community.

We originally announced that we would remain closed until April 1, 2020. However, Governor Walz’s Stay-at-Home Order, effective March 27 at 11:59pm, now extends our closure through May 18, 2020. Regretfully, all previously scheduled exhibits and events have been suspended. We are closely watching how the COVID-19 pandemic may impact our operation and future programming. In making these tough decisions, friends, we encourage you to stay home and protect yourselves and others from potentially contracting and spreading the virus.

What does this mean for the PRCA?
Having to close the gallery and store will affect us financially. Like many local businesses, we are not earning any revenue during our closure. However, through the generous contributions from our community via memberships and donations, the PRCA receives crucial funds to keep operating. 
If your income has not been affected during this Stay-at-Home Order, please consider visiting our website to renew your membership, purchase a membership for a friend, or even make a small contribution of your choice to our organization via PayPal. Every little bit counts!

What should artists be doing during this time?
Artists and art orgs are experiencing unique challenges because of the pandemic. 
We hope you find these resources below to be helpful. Please visit the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)’s website for an extended list of resources including documents, webinars, and blogs. You will find many incredible resources compiled on NEA’s list, as well as through many of the linked organizations’ pages. Let us not forget the sense of strength, pride, and community that art provides us during times of crisis.

Americans for the Arts
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
For Freelance Artists
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists 
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
Howlround Theatre Commons
Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic: Webinar
MN Dep. of Health
Resources to Find Low-Cost Health Care or Health Insurance (pdf)
MN Unemployment
How do I Apply for Unemployment?

As we receive further guidance on this evolving situation, we will keep you updated. Thank you all for your support of the arts. Please stay home, stay safe, and be well!

Best regards,
Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance